Eating healthy is an excellent start to losing weight, improving your overall health and preventing disease. Focusing on digestion is the next essential step. No matter how stellar your nutrition is, you’re not going to see the results you deserve if you’re not digesting food properly. Strengthening your gut is crucial to absorb and assimilate nutrients, as well as eliminate waste properly.
How to Improve Digestion
1. Stop Doing Damage
The first step to healing your gut it to remove any irritants, as they can alter your gut flora, increase inflammation and damage the digestive tract.
Medications/drugs: antibiotics, antifungals, acid blockers, anti-inflammatory medication, aspirin, steroids, oral contraceptives, tobacco, and laxatives. Please consult with your physician before ceasing medications.
Lifestyle: dieting, chronic stress, lack of exercise, and environmental toxins.
Nutrition: alcohol, refined foods, excess sugar, man-made fats, excess caffeine, overeating, non-organic and GM foods, inflammatory foods and food allergens/sensitivities/intolerances.
2. Check HCL Production
Chronic stress and a poor diet deplete your stomach acid or hydrochloric acid (HCL). HCL is crucial for proper digestion as it’s needed to break down proteins, release enzymes, balance gut bacteria and kill off pathogens.
3. Treat Underlying Causes
Work with CNK and your physician to treat any underlying causes such as leaky gut, Candida, parasites, heavy metals, and hormone imbalances.
4. Chew More & Stress Less
Chew food thoroughly to aid digestion. If you see pieces of food in your stool, that’s a good indicator you need to chew more. In addition, slow down and be mindful during meals by getting into a “rest-and-digest” mode.
5. Stay Hydrated
Stay hydrated with water between meals, but minimize your fluid intake with food as it can dilute stomach acid needed for proper digestion.
6. Eat Whole Foods
Restore gut flora by choosing natural, whole foods and making sure you’re eating a nourishing daily diet that’s appropriate for your condition.
7. Learn To Cook
Digestion begins with the senses and the best way to engage your senses is by learning how to cook. Healthy homemade meals are great because you to know exactly what you’re eating, where it came from and how it was prepared.
8. Pack In Probiotics
Repopulate your gut with beneficial bacteria from probiotics and fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, kvass, sauerkraut, and kimchi. Probiotics promote gut health, boost immunity, decrease allergies, and reduce oxidative stress.
9. Consider Supplementation
Consult with your physician before starting any new supplementation. Depending on your condition, helpful supplements may include: Betaine HCL, vitamin D, probiotics, magnesium, bitters, aloe, fiber, HCL, enzymes, glutamine, and licorice.
10. Detox Regularly
Break a sweat at least 3 times a week with exercise, saunas or salt baths. Daily bowel movements also help eliminate toxic substances from the body.